SETH BORENSTEIN and CHRIS MEGERIAN 

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Equating the oil and gas industry to Big Tobacco, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that "fossil fuel producers and financiers have humanity by the throat."

But President Joe Biden wasn't quite itching for a fight.

With both soaring energy prices and a warming planet weighing on the world at the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate, Biden on Friday talked about trying to ease the pain of high gas prices while pushing more long-term green policies.

Guterres dismissed the idea of boosting gasoline production and bluntly vilified the fossil fuel industry at a virtual session that included oil-rich Saudi Arabia, China, Europe and Egypt.

It was the first time Guterres compared the energy industry to tobacco interests.